- Amazon is looking to expand its presence in New York City.
- The New York Post reported that the company is considering opening an additional office in Manhattan.
- Amazon’s previous New York City excursion ended in controversy when the online retailer rescinded its plans to launch a second headquarters in Queens.
Amazon isn’t giving up on New York City just yet.
Sure, the online giant’s plans to build a second headquarters, or HQ2, for Long Island City famously fell apart in February. But that won’t stop Amazon from expanding its presence in the Big Apple in a more subtle fashion.
A spokesperson didn’t confirm that Amazon is scouring the Manhattan office space market, saying that the company didn’t “comment on rumours or speculation” in a statement.
The New York Post reported that Amazon is in the market for at least 100,000 square feet of office space; in particular, it’s reportedly got its eye on Brookfield’s West Side skyscrapers One Manhattan West and the as-of-yet unfinished Two Manhattan West.
The 67-story One Manhattan West offers up 2.1 million square feet, while Two Manhattan West will eventually rise up to 58 stories and boast 1.9 million square feet. Two Manhattan West will open up for tenants in 2022.
According to the New York Post, Amazon employs 5,000 people in New York City, including workers at a fulfillment center in Staten Island.
If Amazon does indeed become a tenant of either of the Brookfield properties, it will secure a Midtown foothold within walking distance of New York City transit hub Penn Station.
But not everyone’s thrilled about the prospect of the company growing in New York. AM New York reporter Ivan Pereira live-tweeted a press conference hosted by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and activist Gloria Steinem, during which the Amazon report was brought up.
.@NYCMayor says Amazon hasn’t contacted his office about potential Manhattan office space. He did say that the HQ2 situation left them “jaded.”
— Ivan Pereira (@IvanPer4) May 28, 2019
The mayor’s office didn’t immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
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